The Pac-12 has fallen a bit from the top of the national power production rankings, as no conference hitter finished in the top 20 in home runs last year. While several big bats return — particularly a handful of Stanford sluggers who could each contend for the conference home run crown — we’re a bit removed from the days when that home run crown put them in the mix for the national home run title or lead their team to the College World Series.

Here’s a look at some of the top sluggers in the Pac-12 in the upcoming season, which celebrates Opening Day on Friday, Feb. 17.

Arizona: Chase Davis

Davis was a bright spot for Arizona last year, tying for 3rd in the Pac-12 with 18 home runs. Admittedly, he was a bit streaky. He had a stretch of 3 home runs in 5 games, then none for the next 7 games. Then another of 5 in 6 games, followed by a 5-game drought. Then came 2 in 4 games, a 3-in-6 stretch and 2 straight in the NCAA Tournament.

Davis should be a shoo-in to lead the Cats again, and he’ll vie to finish in the 20+ range.

Arizona State: Will Rogers

After a terrific freshman season for the Sun Devils, Rogers was humbled a bit in the summer in the West Coast League and the Cape Cod League. He batted .299 for the Sun Devils last year, with 9 home runs and an impressive .901 OPS. But his confidence faltered in the summer as he batted .217 in the WCL and .182 in the Cape.

Sometimes a little humility is good, though. Rogers will almost certainly enter this season having tweaked his approach this year after the June swoon.

Cal: Caleb Lomavita

Lomavita blasted off like one of his prodigious homers as a freshman in 2022. Primarily serving as designated hitter, Lomavita had 7 home runs to rank as the team’s leading returning slugger.

The Bears lost tons of big bashers, most notably Dylan Beavers (team-high 17 home runs), but after a first-team all-conference and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors, Lomavita is ready to step up.

Oregon: Tanner Smith

Smith will go down as on one of the great Ducks of all time, particularly if he can put an exclamation point on his career in 2023. A senior who is vying to set career records in several offensive categories, Smith is just 11 home runs from breaking Tom Dodd’s program record of 30, which he set in 1979.

Eleven is a familiar number for the Duck swatter. He had 11 home runs last year in a season in which he set a school single-season record for hits (85) and multi-hit games.

Oregon State: Garret Forrester

It’s tempting to go with stud freshman Gavin Turley, but freshmen ballplayers are a flaky bunch. The toolsy star could very well end up a speed demon for the Beavers.

Garret Forrester, meanwhile, is an established and disciplined masher coming off a phenomenal season. The Pac-12 Tournament MVP batted .332 with 11 doubles and 9 homers while adding 60 RBIs. More impressively, he worked the count — his 64 walks were 3rd in the nation. If he’s a bit more aggressive at the plate, he may double his homer total.

Stanford: Carter Graham

From one year to the next, Graham had one of the biggest improvements in college baseball. In 2021, he batted just .091 11 at-bats. Last year, he batted .331 with 79 RBIs and 64 runs scored.

Most of all, though, he went yard. He led the Pac-12 with 22 home runs, 1 more than teammate Brock Jones. They were the only 2 batters in the conference to break the 20-homer plateau.

Graham is a good bet to break 20 home runs once more. If he does that, he’ll move into the top-5 on Stanford’s career home run list.

UCLA: Cody Schrier

Sometimes all it takes is finding a regular place in the lineup. After getting sporadic time as a freshman in 2021, seeing only 67 plate appearances across 16 games, Schrier became a fixture for the Bruins last year. Getting into a groove, he hit .298 with 9 home runs and 42 RBIs, also banging 21 doubles en route to 127 total bases.

UCLA head coach John Savage is expecting Schrier to display an even bigger bat in 2023 as the Bruins have beefed up the lineup around him.

USC: Adrian Colon-Rosado

Like many others on this list, Colon-Rosado took a big step last year. As a freshman and sophomore, he managed a combined 12 appearances. In 50 starts last season, though, Colon-Rosado took off.

He batted .298 with 15 extra-base hits, including 8 home runs. With Tyler Lozano gone via the transfer portal and D’Andre Smith off to professional baseball, Colon-Rosado is a good bet to pace the Trojans.

Utah: TJ Jackson

Jackson had 11 home runs last season, Utah’s best number since C.J. Cron in 2011, and he has another chance to best Cron’s mark this year. His improvement from 2021 to 2022 was drastic. In ’21, he hit just .198 with 2 home runs in 27 starts.

Last year, he hit .286 and added 10 doubles and 38 RBIs, with a pair of multi-homer games.

Washington: Will Simpson

A year after hitting 7 home runs as a redshirt freshman, Simpson had 11 homers to go with 15 doubles, finishing with 27 extra-base hits.

His upswing continued in the summer Major League Baseball Draft League, as he hit 5 home runs and batted .321 with a sterling 1.030 OPS in 96 plate appearances.

Washington State: Jacob McKeon

The Cougars don’t have a ton of power production returning, as McKeon is the teams’ only preseason All-Pac-12 representative. But he deserved the kudos in a big way after batting .348 with 15 doubles, 7 home runs and 32 RBIs.

McKeon wasn’t quite as potent over the summer for Edmonton in the West Coast League, hitting just three homers in 90 plate appearances. But we know he has power.